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Global Palliative Care 

Global Palliative Care
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Global Palliative Care
Author(s):

Virginia LeBaron

, and Annette Galassi

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0075
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date: 18 October 2019

Access to quality palliative care and pain relief is increasingly viewed as a fundamental human right, as evidenced by the landmark Palliative Care Resolution passed by the World Health Assembly in 2014. Despite this, millions of people around the world continue to suffer without access to palliative care services—especially if they are poor, members of minority or marginalized groups, or live in low- and middle-income countries. The aging of the world’s population, combined with the rising incidence of noncommunicable diseases and the uncertainty of new, emerging infectious diseases, make the need for universal access to quality palliative care a global imperative. All nurses, regardless of their role or where they practice, can play a critical part in palliative care at the global level through advocacy, training, research, cultural exchange, and mentorship and by advocating for vulnerable populations.

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